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, >>> on the broadcast tonight, the most humble day of rupert murdoch's life, he says, but then he went on to say he does not accept blame for the hacking scandal and then he was hit by a pie in the face. then his wife struck the attacker. a wild day in the scandal consuming his media empire. >>> what do you want? that group of people in washington mulling over a new plan to avoid economic armageddon, that's one thing. tonight, in our nbc news poll, what the voters want to see come out of it. >>> it's hot and getting hotter for millions tonight. what's behind the dynamic they're calling the heat dome. >>> and making a difference, by honoring americans who never should have been forgotten. "nightly news" begins now. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> good evening. while rupert murdoch is an american citizen, the head of a media empire that is well known and widely watched here, the current scandal involving his company is mostly unraveling in great britain where he's already shut down one newspaper. where we know people's cell phones were hacked and where today, murdoch and his son and form
claims the country's top cop. and rupert murdoch's former chief executive. >>> horror in ottawa. severe weather causes a stage to collapse at a music festival in canada. >>> and the agony of defeat. japan stuns the u.s. in a riveting women's world cup japan stuns the u.s. in a riveting women's world cup final. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> hello and good morning. i'm lynn berry. and today we begin with the domino effect. the casualties from england's newspaper phone hacking scandal keep piling up, as england's top-ranking police officer abruptly resigned, and one of rupert murdoch's most trusted executives was arrested and questioned by police for 12 hours. nbc's stephanie gosk has details. >> reporter: london police chief resigned under intense pressure after it emerged that scotland yard hired a former "news of the world" editor as a media consultant in 2009. the same year investigators decided not to further pursue the phone hacking case. the former editor, neil wallace, was arrested last week in connection with the scandal. >> i have a suggestion that we must hav
the rupert murdoch media scandal. what's next in this story. >>> and in the u.s., sweltering heat across much of the nation. tonight, how bad it will get and for how long? a huge percentage of this country. >>> looking for a connection between military who served in vietnam and increased risk in dementia. >>> america's team back home tonight. they remain our top women. it just wasn't their day. nightly news begins now. >>> good evening. it's one of the true media empires in the world. it's threatened and under attack. it's the empire of rupert murdoch, newspaper man who shut down one of his many papers but remains in the business along with some of the great name plates in the film business and in television. the scandal that started with newspaper reporters eavesdropping on the cell phones of innocent people continues to claim new victims and may soon be felt here in the u.s. than many first thought. it's still galluping its way through great britain, where it is the story. we get to hear from rupert murdoch. tonight there's been another development in this. we begin with stephanie gosk in l
yard's top cop. tonight the woman who until recently ran rupert murdoch's newspaper holdings in the uk is under arrest. and the head of the london police department has abruptly resigned amid questions over his department's pursuit of the case. all this being followed very closely in this country, which is home to some of the crown jewels of murdoch's now damaged media empire. nbc's stephanie gosk is in london tonight with late developments for us in the case. stephanie, good evening. >> reporter: good evening, lester. well, the casualties in this story continue to pile up. rebekah brooks, one of rupert murdoch's most trusted executives is under arrest tonight. her spokesman says that she turned herself in and she's cooperating. then late tonight a surprise announcement from scotland yard that sir paul stephenson, the chief of police for the organization now investigating this scandal, he has stepped down. london's police chief resigned under intense pressure after it emerged that scotland yard hired a former "news of the world" editor as a media consultant in 2009. the same year inves
>>> rupert murdoch says he's shocked appalled and ashamed. protesters flattered him with white foam and a pie dish. we'll have all the reaction from the testimony over the phone hacking. >>> two adults and three children were taken to the hospital this afternoon after a large tree limb fell on them here at a park in southeast. the group was part of the people's church summer vacation bible cam. >> they were participating in a fun day at garfield park in the 600 block of third street southeast. several children were marching around the tree when this limb fell on them. >> the guys were playing on the tree. all of a sudden we heard this crack and we saw the branchs come down on them. some of them were able to fall from under the brafrmg, some of them the brafrmgs fell on them, so we had to take some to the hospital. it happened so fast, i don't know what to say. it's too bad we were out in the park playing, nobody was doing anything dangerous, something just happened. >> all five people suffered nonlife threatening injuries. pat collins is at the park this afternoon and we'll have a f
parliament today in connection with that tabloid phone-hacking scandal. a day after rupert murdoch denied any knowledge of wrongdoing. his testimony interrupted by a protester with a pie. >>> and swept away. three hikers feared dead after reportedly getting caught in a dangerous current and pulled over a big waterfall at yosemite national park. and searchers are out looking for their bodies today wednesday, july 20th, 2011. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >> announcer: live from studio 1a in rockefeller plaza. >> and good morning, everyone. welcome to "today" on a wednesday morning. i'm matt lauer. >> and i'm ann curry. as you see, it's 76 degrees already at 7:00 a.m. here in new york city. and new york is one of 32 states under a heat advisory warning today. >> i think you can see that shot from above, the haze that's hanging over the city. apparently a lot of the country is trapped inside what people are calling a heat dome. inside that dome temperatures in the 90s and 100s in areas that aren't used to getting that hot. now you throw humidity on top of that, and there is simpl
that has taken down some of london's most powerful. during the same hearing rupert murdoch was hit in the face with a pie, a spectacle that only heightened the world's fascination with the troubling allegations. stephanie gosk reports. >> reporter: the murdochs have made a business out of covering the story. today, they were the story. the man who runs the second largest media company in the world side by side with his son in front of members of parliament. apologetic. >> i would like to say one sentence. this is the most humble day of my life. >> reporter: from the beginning james took the lead. >> i think my son can perhaps answer that in more detail. >> reporter: it was rupert murdoch's wife who stepped in at the critical moment. throwing a right hook to protect her husband from a surprise pie attack. the protester, an amateur comedian who calls himself johnny marbles was arrested and led away by police. james defended executives les hinton and rebekah brooks who resigned last friday. brooks faced questions from the same panel. she was arrested on sunday over allegations of phon
tribute to the many scoops over the paper's 68-year history. rupert murdoch ordered the paper closed this week after a phone-hacking scandal exploded. murdoch is scheduled to fly to london tomorrow to deal with the growing police investigation there. reporters and vetters are accused of hacking into the phones of celebrities, the royal family, murder victims, even dead british soldiers. >> these people could have had their phones hacked into in order to generate stories for a newspaper, is simply disgusting. >> some british leaders called for other tabloids in london to be investigated. there are reports that rupert murdoch's son james could be facing charges in the case as well. murdoch, among other things, owns fox news here in the united states. >>> fire sending thousands of fans running for the doors. i'll tell you about that. plus, from the steelers to the slammer. the charges that landed hines ward in jail this morning. >>> and california rolling out the red carpet for the young royals. more on their first official trip to the united states after the break. >>> what you got, ch
[ cheers and applause ] >>> this morning on "early today" day of reckoning. news corp. chief rupert murdoch prepares to be grilled in england's phone hacking scandal. >>> swept away. tragedy strikes a family of five at a popular picnic spot in india. >>> and howling habub. a giant wall of dust rolls through phoenix for a second time in nearly two weeks. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> hello, and good morning. i'm lynn berry. today we begin with london calling. news corp. chief rupert murdoch and his son along with former chief executive rebecca brooks will face tough questioning this morning before lawmakers. this is the development in the growing phone hacking scandal that seems to be changing by the hour. nbc's jim maceda is live for us in london right outside parliament with all the details. jim, good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning, lynn. well, all eyes will be on a small room inside that parliament building just big enough for about 40 or so spectators, but there will be overflow rooms with tvs. this is must see tv today for all of britain and elsewh
. >> here in london today, just as this gripping testimony of rupert murdoch and his son james was wrapping up, testimony that this country has been wanting to hear for many weeks now, in a story that's become global, something else happens and it was strange. you could see in the video someone suddenly comes up behind rupert murdoch. he seems to be holding a tin. it's alleged now it contained shaving cream. he attempts to hit rupert murdoch in the face with it. it halted the proceeding for ten minutes or so. but then it continued with ruppert and his son saying they did not know the extent of this hacking, and when they did get word it could be bigger, they did everything right. >> ultimately you are responsible for this whole fiasco? >> no. >> you're not responsible? who is responsible? >> the people that i trusted to run it. and then maybe the people they trusted. >> then we waited for rebekah brooks to come in. she was the editor at the time this alleged hacking was going on. we all waited for her to say something, but that did not happen. she didn't know about hacking, she never condon
, rupert murdoch. nbc's martin fletcher has the latest from london. >> reporter: up, up, and away for rupert murdoch heading home to america after what he called the most humble day of his live. >> order. >> reporter: leaving behind uporder at parliament's emergency session. where prime minister david cameron ate humble pie, too. >> you live and you learn and believe you me, i have learned. >> reporter: cam ro had rejected advice and hired his communications chief andy coulson, the former editor of "news of the world." >> with 20/20 hindsight i would not have offered him the job and i expect he wouldn't have taken it. >> reporter: coulson resigned in january and was arrested two weeks ago in the phone hacking scandal. it's engulfing the media and the police. cameron is accused of being too cozy with news executives, two dozen meetings in less than two years. he came out fighting. >> i never had one inappropriate conversation. >> reporter: as for rupert murdoch -- >> you might say that the murdoch brand itself is hopelessly tarnished. >> reporter: still, the verdict in britain is t
the world when a protester tried to put a foam pie in the face of rupert murdoch. his wife wendi stepped in during -- this all occurred during the phone hacking hearings. >>> the couple is now the talk of the town in london. what we're learning about the murdochs and their marriage, coming u >>> more moms and dads are friending their kids on facebook. a survey commission by an internet security company finds 55% of parents keep tabs on their kids' status updates, wall posts and facebook friends. some parents confess their sole reason for getting a facebook page is so they can spy on their kids. out of parents not doing it, some say they would do it if they only knew how to do it. >>> the latest now on the hacking scandal that is still making headlines in the united kingdom. rupert murdoch and his wife wendi are back home in new york after an intense session with the british parliament. london is still buzzing about the session. martin fletcher reports. >> reporter: the murdochs look happy to be home after tuesday's grilling by british parliament members. a new york welcome. >> nice left,
rupert murdoch's media empire and among them, former prime minister gordon brown who says his family's privacy was violated by a story that hit very close to home. stephanie goss has the report from london. >> reporter: the british public wants answers. rupert murdoch and top executive, rebecca brooks have all been asked to testify next week before a parliament committee. the powerful trio have yet to agree but "news international" the subsidiary that ran "the news of the world" is already defending itself against the latest allegations. in an interview on the bbc today, former prime minister, gordon brown, accused "news international" of employing known criminals to dig up personal information. >> i'm shocked. i'm genuinely shocked to find this happened because of the links with criminals. >> reporter: in 2006, a murdoch paper run at the time by rebecca brooks reported that brown's newborn son has cystic fibrosis. now brown questions the methods the paper used to get that information. tonight a statement from "news international" says the story "the sun" ran is from a member of the
>>> good morning. in the hot seat. billionaire media mogul rupert murdoch set to testify in front of britain's parliament today about the tabloid phone hacking scandal that threatens his empire. while an early whistle blower in the scandal is discovered dead. we're live in london with the dramatic developments. >>> california dreamin? new information suggests casey anthony may have flown to the golden state after her release from jail. as one witness from her trial claims the prosecution knowingly withheld evidence that could have helped the defense. >>> and belles of the ball. the u.s. soccer team may have come up short in the world cup, but they're number one in our hearts today and we've got them all in our studio on this hearts today and we've got them all in our studio on this tuesday, july 19th, 2011 captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> from nbc news, in this is "today" with matt lauer and ann curry, live from studio 1 a in rockefeller plaza. >> welcome, i'm ann curry. >> and i'm matt lauer. and boy, what a day it's going to be for rupert murdoch, hauled in fron
breaks. >>> this morning, news corp. executive rupert murdoch told his staff, those who have betrayed our trust must be held accountable under the law. he also told them in an e-mail, the company is taking steps to make sure that serious problems like this never happen again. nbc's stephanie gosk reports now about his testimony before a parliamentary committee. >> reporter: like one of the celebrities that fill his tabloids, rupert murdoch and his son, james, are making splashy headlines today. nearly every british paper seizes on the drama of the day. the so-called humble pie attack. seated behind him at the hearing, rupert murdoch's wife, wendi, turned into a bodyguard, springing to his defense, wielding an instinctive and accurate punch. >> your wife has a very good left hook. >> reporter: the man behind the failed attack was amateur comedian johnny marvels, who was quickly arrested and led away. when pies weren't being thrown, father and son sat side by side for three hours, apologizing over and over. >> this is the most humble day of my life. >> i would like to say, as well, just how
day after news corp. ceo rupert murdoch faced a parliamentary inquiry. we're in london with the latest. >> reporter: it was a wild day in britain's emergency session of parliament today. the focus shifted from rupert murdoch to britain's prime minister, david cameron. but the prime minister's case is about poor judgment and nothing to do with any crimes. david cameron defended himself for hiring a former editor of "news of the world" andy callson as his communications chief even though he may have known about the phone hacking. >> i have said very clearly that if it turns out andy coulson knew about the hacking at the "news of the world" he would not only have lied to me, but to the police, to a select committee, to the press complaints commission and perjuried himself in a court of law. >> reporter: cameron was advised against hiring him, did it anyway, and was forced to resign and arrested last week. he said in parliament that cameron was guilty of a gross error in judgment. >> it's not about hindsight, mr. speaker. it's not about whether mr. coulson lied to him. it's about the infor
now in the united kingdom, involving a popular newspaper. the rupert murdoch tabloid is accused of hacking the cell phones of several individuals. >> the "news of the world" tabloid will print its last edition sunday. >> reporter: this is the result of the closing of this newspaper, this 168-year-old newspaper sunday that few people saw coming, even though this story has really been propelled to the next level. what did that, what caused it to go next level, is not just celebrities whose cell phones and voice mails have been hacked. >> if it's true, if this has happened, i would like to see everyone responsible in court. >> reporter: regular people, people in desperate and difficult circumstances. the relative of crime victims, the victims of brutal crimes, and now the insinuation, the allegation, that relatives of british soldiers killed in action in afghanistan or iraq were themselves alleged victims of cell phone hacking, their messages and voice mails also eaves dropped upon by whoever at the "news of the world" was responsible for it. and that's what thein queerers are supp
of the world. >> reporter: the paper's owner, rupert murdoch whose oarrived i britain sunday to manage the crisis directly. the allegations of phone hacking have been rumbling in the background for several years but exploded last week when a rival paper accused the news of the world from the murdered 13-year-old girl while police were hunting for her hoping she was alive. other alleged targets include the families of fallen soldiers and victims of the 2005 london terror attack. the decision by shutting the paper down took most by surprise, including the editor of the last edition. >> it's a shame that it came to this. as i said this morning, not where we deserve to be. >> reporter: the final edition is a compilation of the paper's triumphs. in the unlikely hope that when the scandal eventually dies down, this is what it will be remembered for. well, a full page apology inside states quite simply, we lost our way. recognition of a scandal that has dented both the reputation mr. murdoch's media empire just as he seeks to expand it here in britain. a government inquiry will examine the ve
fire, caught in the middle of that tabloid hacking scandal. as billionaire media mogul rupert murdoch prepares for a grilling from parliament. >>> and on top of the world. japan beats the u.s. team at the world cup, giving a nation battered by natural disaster and nuclear calamities a big reason to smile, "today," july 18th, nuclear calamities a big reason to smile, "today," july 18th, 2011. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> from nbc news, this is "today," with matt lauer and ann curry. live, from studio 1-a in rockefeller plaza. >>> and welcome today on this monday morning, i'm ann curry. >> and i'm lester holt in for matt. i think we both watched that match yesterday. you've got to feel good about the u.s. team. we were disappointed, but what a performance they put on and what a great thing they did for american soccer. >> that's right. for women's soccer, particularly, bringing it to a new level of cool. men and boys, women and girls, nationwide, watching them play. i think that they're winners in that regard. >> and the japanese certainly have something to feel goo
fallout from the phone hacking scandal involving journalists in london. ceo rupert murdoch shut down his tabloid "news of the world." he flew to london yesterday on its final day of publication. british news reports u.s. federal investigators could look into allegations that the tabloid routinely paid police officers for information. scotland yard is already investigating allegations that they hacked into the voicemails of murder victims, families of fallen soldiers, celebrities, and politicians. >>> groupon is now getting more personal. they announced they'll collect more information about its users. it sent e-mails about the privacy policy change to its 83 million users this weekend. groupon will share collected information with other businesses in an effort to bring you more relevant deals, it says. it named the travel website expedia as one business partner that allows it to offer users more categories for coupons. some analysts say the privacy policy change is one step in groupon becoming a public company. >>> if you've walked around outdoors in the middle of the day in the washingt
into certain celebrities voicemails in the past. now owner rupert murdoch calls the new allegations deplorable, unacceptable, and says news corporation will once again cooperation with police. thousands of citizens may have been victimized, and the paper is accused of paying for police for information. but triggering the most outraged, allegations it hacked into the voice mail of 13-year-old millie dowler, abducted and murdered in 2002 while she was missing. and deleted messages as her voicemail filled up, which gave her family false hope she was alive. now a day before the six-year anniversary of the london terrorist bombings, families of those victims are hearing they, too, may have been hacked. >> i thought we were in a dark place and i didn't think we could get darker. >> interestingly enough, in america, we don't have this kind of journalism yet, and hopefully the american taste level is still such that it agrees this is just a bridge too far. >> reporter: at a time when news outlets face fierce competition, a tabloid that sells 35 million copies a year is finding the most shocking scanda
a special session of parliament. news corp chief executive rupert murdoch and his son testified before british lawmakers yesterday. the murdochs control a media entire that includes the newspaper involved in hacking "news of the world." yesterday the murdochs apologized for the scandal but denied responsibility. >> i would just like to say one sentence. this is the most humble day of my life. >> former editor rebekah brooks also testified. she too denied any knowledge of illegal activity. >>> at least one person from the d.c. area was arrested and accused in taking part of a cyber attack on paypal's website as part of the pro wikileaks group anonymous. 14 people in all were arrested. the attacks were launched after paypal suspended wikileaks donation accounts in 2010. wikileaks released a large number of state department cables on its website. athe time wikileaks claimed that paypal was trying to economically strangle the website. >>> the man accused of going on a shooting rampage at ft. hood in 2009 will be formally charged. former major nadal hasan will be indicted on 13 counts of pr
with the latest. >> rupert murdoch bought "news of the world" but it has been loved by readers and feared by the politicians, celebrities and royals that it has regularly exposed. in its final edition editors asked the reading public not to judge the paper by this scandal but instead by its years in print. with the ink barely dry on the final edition of "the news of the world" rupert murdoch traveled to the uk to manage the damage control personally. on display his so far unqualified support from rebecca brooks, former editor of the paper and now a trusted executive at news corp. smiles for the cameras but calls for hooks to resign are growing louder. one of the most damaging allegations the paper faces is a phone hacking of a 13-year-old murder victim. charismatic redhead was editor of "news of the world "account at the time. >> if she goes that puts a spotlight on rupert murdoch's son james and if he is vulnerable rupert murdoch is himself. >> reporter: he is widely seen as his father's heir apparent. >> james murdoch and rebecca brooks cannot deny responsibility. >> reporter: brook cli
. >>> in some spots today could feel as hot as 109 degrees. >>> new outrage, that scandal, more rupert murdoch's newspapers. >>> and sergeant surprise. a marine serving in afghanistan takes a chance on youtube and asks a favorite actress, mila kunis, to a military ball. >> take a second to think about it, get back to me. >> her response? yes! and now he's the envy of the corps. this is "today" on july 12th, corps. this is "today" on july 12th, 2011. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> and welcome to "today" on this tuesday morning. i'm ann curry. >> i'm matt lauer. nice to see you. >> nice to see you. welcome back. we really missed you. partner in crime. >> i had perfect weather on vacation. now that perfect sunny weather has turned perfect, sunny and brutally hot. if you're in the new york area today, hopefully your afternoon plans will be indoor. 103 today. >> we're not alone. heat advisories have been issued for at least 18 states, matt. and in illinois, the dangerous temperatures are blamed for at least one death. we'll get details and al's forecast straight ahead. >>> nbc ne
to 7.5 million readers, this is for you. >> the owner of news of the world, rupert murdoch, will fly to london to deal with the scandal personally. quarter before the half. 15 before the hour. >> any of those things. i think it's all legit. 6:45 right now. you can say uft psychiatric look that. >> what's up, chuck? it's all digital. >> obviously there are a lot of on kids used to digital they have a hard time reading a clock. beautiful looking sunday morning. we'll be back with all the ins navigating today's real estate market is complicated. you've seen the signs. that's why having the right real estate agent is more important than ever. at remax.com, you can find experts in short sales or bank-owned properties or commercial real estate, agents who can help speed up the process, no matter how intricate. and that's good news, whether you're trying to sell or hoping to buy. because the only sign you really want to see is "sold." nobody sells more real estate than re/max. visit remax.com today. it works great on wet or dry skin because it's seriously waterproof and ultra sweat-proof. c
involving journalist frss from british tabloid in london. rupert murdoch shut down his tabloid "news of the world." he flew to london yesterday on its final day of publication. federal investigators could be looking into allegations that the tabloid routinely paid police officers for information. scotland yard is already investigating allegations that journalists at the paper hacked into the voicemails of murder victims, families of fallen soldiers, celebrities, and politicians. 6:27 is the time right now. debt ceiling talks at a stand still. we'll tell you the main sticking points congressional leaders can't seem to agree on. these sweet honey clustery things have fiber? fiber one. almost tastes like one of jack's cereals. uh, forgot jack's cereal. [ jack ] what's for breakfast? uh, try the number one! i've never heard of that. [ wife ] it's great. it's a sweet honey cereal, you'll love it. yeah, this is pretty good. are you guys alright? yeah. [ male announcer ] half a days worth of fiber. not that anyone has to know. fiber beyond recognition. fiber one. woman: saving for our child
news course business. today the prime minister nick clay called on rupert murdoch to back down on his deal to merge with a british tv network. met with the parents of 13-year-old millie douler. "news into of the world" hacked into her phone after she was murdered. in its time, he said, it's time to do the decent and sensible thing and back off this deal. stephanie gosk, london. >>> that's news4 at 4:00. news4 at 5:00 starts right now. >>> tonight on news4 at 5:00, a star student murdered in maryland. why the fbi thinks she may have been the victim in a child porn ring. >>> debt showdown. it's down to the wire and tonight president obama delivers an ultimatum to lawmakers to hammer out a deal. >>> code orange conditions across our region. and tomorrow could be even worse. >>> and this truck will soon be rolling out. it's not serving food, but it could make you rich. >>> and good afternoon. we have a busy afternoon. i'm wendy rieger. >> and i'm jim handly. we begin now with breaking news out of montgomery county, where i-270 has been shut down because of a major gas main break. both sid
scandal involving journalists from a british tabloid in london. ceo rupert murdoch shut down his tabloid "news of the world." he flew to london yesterday on its final day of publication. british news reports u.s. federal investigators could look into allegations the tabloid routinely paid police officers for information. scotland yard is already investigating allegations that journalists at the paper hacked into the voicemails of murder victims, families of fallen soldiers, celebrities, and politicians. >>> the social coupon site groupon wants to make its new rules on privacy public. it announced it's collecting personal information about users and sharing it with other businesses. groupon says the goal is to offer more relevant deals in more categories. for instance, if a person uses groupon and expedia, the travel website will also know your buying habits. some analysts say that privacy change is one step in groupon becoming a public company. ♪ >>> a local rock venue is one of the best in the country. billboard ranked the 9:30 club in northwest washington as the second hottest club a
to determine. the son of rupert murdoch did comment. >> clearly the practices of certain individuals did not live up to the standards and quality of journalism that we believe in and i believe in and this company believes in. >> reporter: there are published reports that several people, perhaps as many as five additional employees of the paper may be arrested and charged by the end of the week. mike taibbi, nbc news, in london. >> more than 4,000 telephone hacking victims have been identified by scotland yard. >>> families of the victims of the london transit bombings also are thought to have had their cell phones hacked by investigators for that paper, "the news of the world." those families were absorbing that news today as they marked the sixth anniversary of that terror attack. they got together in hyde park for a service at the memorial that honors the 52 victims. there are 52 steel pillars, each one inscribed with the name of a victim. one father says he thinks about his murdered son every day. >> it does become easier to handle, but it never goes away. it's one of those things tha
of the tabloid newspaper's former editors has now been arrested a day after rupert murdoch announced he's shutting down the 168-year-old paper. nbc's mike taibbi has more. mike? >> reporter: the so-called phone hacking scandal has been around for years. six years, to be precise. but in the past week it went from a story about celebrity cell phones being hacked to regular people as alleged victims, including the grieving relatives of crime victims or soldiers killed in action and the explosion that's followed led to the extinction of the biggest circulation newspaper in the english speaking world. media barron rupert murdoch has had little to say as the scandal jumped to another level. >> i'm not making any comments. >> reporter: but son james murdoch said if the allegations are true, the newspaper's behavior was inhuman. >> i feel regret. clearly the practices of certain individuals did not live up to the standards and quality of journalism that we believe in. >> reporter: one practice that met no standards, that grieving rel tis of murdered children, or of british soldiers killed in ac
to damage more of the media empire, rupert murdoch will fly into the uk. his own son, james murdock, could face prosecution. yesterday, two top employees were arrested, an editor who once served as the prime minister's communication director and a reporter who served prison time in 2007 when victims included celebrities and members of the royal family. the claim, that people's privacy was invaded. their cell phone voice mails listened to, described as phone hacking. britain's prime minister vowing, no stone will be left unturned. >> that these people could have had their phones hacked into in order to generate stories for a newspaper is simply disgusting. >> among the 4,000 potential phone hacking victims whose names or numbers have now been turned over to the police, families tony phillipson just found out that his son, james, who died in afghanistan in 2006 may have had not only his cell phone tapped into by the news of the world, but also his e-mail. >> they hacked into a dead soldier. this is despicable. what else can you say? what on earth do they think they're going to find. >> in th
. >> british lawmakers are preparing to grill rupert and james murdoch. a parliamentary committee will question the duo about the scandal tomorrow. >>> today money will be flowing at the white house in the form of the nation's most prominent billionaires. president obama is hosting warren buffett and bill and melinda gates along with other members of the giving pledge. the giving pledge was founded by buffett and the gates family last year. it encourages america's wealthiest citizens to giving more than half their wealth to philanthropic and charitable causes. 69 individuals and their families have signed on to the pledge so far. >>> with one week of failed negotiations down and two weeks to go until a historic default, congress may soon turn to plan "b." that's the plan introduced by senate minority leader mitch mcconnell. it would give the president the authority to raise the debt ceiling but also force democrats to take the political hit. that's why senate majority leader harry reid is working to soften the deal. reid wants to include $1.5 trillion in spending cuts, a payroll tax cut extensi
overnight as rupert murdoch speaks out about what he says are title lies about his company. >>> and the event, they blocked off the road gathered to see all these things chris brown, off the road gathered to see all these things chris brown, friday, july 15th, 2011. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> oh, my goodness. welcome to "today" on a friday morning. i'm matt lauer. >> i'm ann curry. we've got to go right to what's happening outside our side you. a crowd of an estimated 12,000 people at least have gathered. and al roker is smack in the middle of it. >> actually, ann, we've got up over on top of it, the new york city police department for the first time in my memory for our concert series has closed off 48th street from vehicular traffic and they closed off 49th street, our biggest concert crowd ever. 12,000 people. you can see there the intersection of rockefeller center and 49th street is now closed off. it is completely filled with people. folks have been camping out for this concert since wednesday. overnight, the line stretched on 5th avenue all of
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